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Smutty Little MoviesThe Creation and Regulation of Adult Video$
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Peter Alilunas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291706

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291706.001.0001

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Saving the Family

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Smutty Little Movies

Peter Alilunas

University of California Press

The final chapter examines traditional forms of regulation, focusing on the community protests, anti-pornography feminist movements, national efforts by conservative groups, and other attempts to contain the efforts by the adult video industry to find widespread public acceptance and economic success. I argue that a panic, traceable to the move of sexually explicit films from public to private spaces, resulted in a major shift in the cultural understanding of sexuality, pleasure, and pornography. Part of this panic is visible in the Meese Commission’s investigation in 1986, which aligns with the period in which the adult film industry completed the transition from celluloid to magnetic tape-based production and distribution. I conclude the book with an analysis of the mainstream video rental’s decision to stop carrying adult video in the wake of the Meese Commission and gesture toward the further regulatory actions of the 1990s.

Keywords:   Pornography, Home Video, Film History, Film and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Meese Commission, Anti-Pornography Feminism, Obscenity

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